Officer charged with stealing money from woman he arrested

A GBI investigation led to two charges against the officer

ATLANTA — A north Georgia police officer is facing charges and is under investigation by state agents after allegedly stealing money from a woman he arrested.

Warrants provided to 11Alive allege East Ellijay Police Department officer Michael Gene McClure was arresting 53-year-old Donna Adams of Blairsville, Georgia when his own actions became the subject of an internal investigation.

Adams was arrested on several charges ranging from driving under the influence of drugs to tampering with evidence. But according to sworn statements from a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent, her arresting officer took the opportunity to steal from her.

According to the report, McClure allegedly stole a $150 money order from Adams’ purse and took it to a local branch of BB&T bank to have it cashed.

McClure now faces charges of violation of oath by a public officer and theft by taking – both misdemeanor offenses.

Meanwhile, the woman he arrested faces three felony counts of obstruction of an officer and misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of drugs, reckless driving, tampering with evidence, possession of marijuana less than 1 ounce, failure to yield entering roadway and possession of a drug-related object.

It’s unclear if McClure’s own arrest will impact her charges.

http://www.11alive.com/article/news/crime/north-ga-officer-charged-with-stealing-money-from-woman-he-arrested/85-520767285

Lawmaker cited for driving under the influence

 

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Democratic Rep. Timm Ormsby of Spokane has been charged with driving under the influence after his Jeep ran off the road and rolled into a yard in Thurston County.

The Spokesman-Review reports that Ormsby, the chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, was arraigned in Thurston County District Court Monday for the Saturday accident.

The citation filed with the court for Ormsby’s hearing says he had a blood alcohol content of at least .090 in an infrared scan and as high as .10 on the electrochemical scan of the Breathalyzer test. State law sets the limit for driving under the influence at .080.

In a written statement Tuesday, Ormsby apologized, writing that he “made a very poor choice this weekend.”

Ormsby, 58, wrote that he will “abide by whatever consequences I receive.”

The accident occurred at an intersection about three miles west of the city limits, near the area where he lives during the legislative session. According to a Thurston County sheriff’s investigation first reported by KXLY, Ormsby said he was distracted by a text message from his wife while turning onto the road, causing him to swerve and crash his Jeep.

The investigating deputy reported smelling a “heavy odor of alcohol” from the vehicle, and Ormsby said he had two 16 ounce beers while working on the state supplemental budget. He failed field sobriety tests before agreeing to take the breath test. After failing the breath test and being told his blood alcohol wouldn’t be that high from just two beers, he reportedly said he also had two 12 ounce beers in the afternoon before going to work.

House Majority Leader Pat Sullivan, D-Covington, said no decision has been made yet about whether Ormsby will lose his chairmanship.

“We take this very seriously,” Sullivan told the Spokesman-Review Tuesday. “We’ll have this conversation in our leadership team. It’s a group decision.”

The Legislature is currently in the midst of a 60-day legislative session scheduled to end March 8. Senate and House leaders are set to release their budget proposals in the coming weeks.

Middle school principal accused of drugged driving

BARRE, Vt. (AP) — Barre City’s middle school principal is facing a charge of driving under the influence or drugs.

Vermont State Police say Michael Dreiblatt of Manchester Center was arrested in Shaftsbury on Monday afternoon after being pulled over for a vehicle inspection violation. Police say he showed signs of impairment and they found a small amount of marijuana in his vehicle.

School Superintendent John Pandolfo said Tuesday afternoon that Dreiblatt is no longer working at the school. But would not elaborate, saying it’s a confidential personnel matter.

The 54-year-old Dreiblatt did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

He is scheduled to be arraigned in Bennington on March 26.

https://www.chron.com/news/crime/amp/Middle-school-principal-accused-of-drugged-driving-12611294.php

Man fined for drink-driving motorised cool box

A ride-on cooler

A man has been fined in New Zealand for driving under the influence of alcohol on a motorised cool box, it’s reported.

According to the Stuff.co.nz news website, Lani Hunt admitted drinking and driving after being stopped by police riding a motorised drink cooler.

Police stopped Mr Hunt after they spotted him driving the petrol-powered chilly bin down a road in North Island city of New Plymouth, the website reports.

He pleaded guilty at the New Plymouth District Court on 15 February and was fined NZ$500 (US$370; £263). He was given no driving disqualification for his antics.

Mr Hunt is not the first person to have been stopped by the police for being intoxicated while driving a ride-on cooler.

In August 2011, Christopher Petrie made national headlines in Australia after he was caught driving one under the influence without a licence. He was given a nine-month driving suspension and was fined AU$300 (US$240; £170).

Police in both Australia and New Zealand are urging people not to drive the coolers, which can reach speeds of 18mph (28kph) and are illegal on the roads in both countries.

After another incident in the town of Camden in New South Wales on Australia Day (26 January), police told Sydney’s Daily Telegraph that while the scooters may look fun, they’re too small to be seen by other road users.

https://www.bbc.com/news/amp/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43072501

Lawmaker pleads guilty to drunk driving, weapon possession

State Rep. Francis “Chip” Baltimore, a Boone Republican who has pushed for legislation to keep drunken drivers off the roads, pleaded guilty Friday to driving while intoxicated in January, court records show.

Baltimore pleaded guilty to operating while intoxicated and possession of a dangerous weapon while under the influence. In court documents, he admitted to driving while under the influence of alcohol Jan. 19 in Ames, and while he was intoxicated, he had a weapon in his possession.

Prosecutors and Baltimore’s attorney have asked the judge to sentence the 51-year-old state representative to probation with the Center for Creative Justice for a year for each charge. He will also be fined a $1,250 civil penalty, must undergo substance abuse evaluation and will be required to complete a drinking and driving school.

Baltimore, a lawyer who was removed as chairman of the Iowa House Judiciary Committee after his arrest, told an Ames police officer he had been en route to his home in Boone after attending meetings in Des Moines, according to court records.

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A police report stated Baltimore consented to a chemical breath test on a state certified device which registered his blood alcohol content at 0.147. The legal limit for operating while intoxicated is .08.

Baltimore was stopped by an Ames police officer shortly before 4 a.m. after authorities received a report of a reckless driver traveling northbound on Interstate Highway 35. The vehicle was described as operating at varying speeds and swerving in and out of its lane, according to the court documents.

The police report said Baltimore was driving a dark-colored 2014 Ford Explorer when an officer observed him traveling at about 55 mph in a 70 mph zone that was entering a 65 mph zone. He was pulled over by police near U.S. Highway 30 westbound and Dayton Ave.

The officer said Baltimore had slurred speech, bloodshot watery eyes, slowed movements and admitted to drinking about three drinks with the last drink being three hours earlier, and his breath smelled of alcohol. The lawmaker stepped out of his vehicle and failed a walk and turn test, police said.

After Baltimore was placed under arrest for a first offense of operating while intoxicated, he admitted to an officer that he had a Smith & Wesson handgun under his driver’s seat.

Baltimore was able to produce a concealed carry permit issued by the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, and he was transported to the Story County Jail. Court records show that Baltimore was also cited for improper use of lanes.

Baltimore, who is an Oskaloosa native, is serving his fourth term in the Iowa House after initially winning election in 2010.

As chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Baltimore presided over discussions on proposals to curb drunken driving. Two years ago, lawmakers began considering a bill to require people convicted of an alcohol-related offense, including driving while intoxicated, to check in at a law enforcement office twice a day and take a breath test. Those who tested positive for alcohol or some other drug would face immediate consequences, including being taken to jail.

The bill failed to win final approval in 2016, but last year a version of the proposal was passed by lawmakers and signed into law by Gov. Terry Branstad. The program, however, will only be used in Iowa counties that volunteer to implement it.

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Numerous attempts have been made in recent years to require all people arrested for driving while intoxicated to install ignition interlocks in their vehicles. When a driver with alcohol on their breath blows into the device, the vehicle won’t start. The proposal, which is expected to be proposed again this year, has never made it the floor of both the Senate and House for debate.

In late 2016, Baltimore told the Register that he did not know of a lawmaker who was “pro-drunk driver.”

“I think there’s a big group of caring people who want to make sure we keep drunk drivers off the street,” he said at the time. “There’s just disagreement on how we are going to do that and who is going to pay for it.”

 

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/news/2018/02/16/iowa-lawmaker-chip-baltimore-pleads-guilty-drunk-driving-possession-weapon-while-intoxicated/347223002/